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Veterans Day Observances

Oct 30, 2017 11:03AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Pleasant Hill 

Meet at the Pleasant Hill Park to celebrate veterans with family and fun from 11am-2pm.  Opening ceremony is at 11:30am with Boy Scout Troop 401 flag ceremony, national anthem by Star Quest and swearing in of new Army recruits.  Lunch to follow. Family fun includes games, bounce house and raffle benefitting Swords and Plowshares. All are welcome.


2017 Veterans Day Program will be held Saturday, November 11. The Ceremonies will begin at 10am at the Alhambra Cemetery with a benediction, placing of the wreath, and posting of the colors by the Sea Cadets. Ceremonies will resume at the Ignacio Plaza, 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez. at 11am. The program at the monument includes a welcome message from Martinez Veterans Commission Chair Shane Bower, introductions by Commissioner Mike Menesini and a Remembrance from Commissioner Richard Philbrook. Mayor Rob Schroder will speak and a Veterans Day message will be given by Captain Jeffrey A. Miller. A patriotic musical medley will be performed by Gail Haefke and the Martinez Community Choir. The ceremonies will conclude with the 21-gun salute by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and Taps by Jennifer Oertel, after the ceremony, brunch will be served at the Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Court Street. The community is invited to attend.

Walnut Creek

Mayor Rich Carlston will lead the Walnut Creek Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, November 11, at 11am, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theatre, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. The ceremony will include a musical concert of patriotic songs, including a salute to all the branches of the armed forces by the Walnut Creek Concert Band. The keynote speaker is Mike Conklin, chairman and CEO of the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation. The father of three Army Rangers, Conklin was inspired to reach out to severely injured veterans after one of his sons was wounded in Iraq in 2003.  Impressed by the level of care his son received in military hospitals and deeply concerned over the plight of wounded warriors without families or community networks, Conklin founded the nonprofit Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to assist severely wounded post-9/11 veterans transition into civilian life while they attend college or vocational school.